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SXSW panel tackles electronic privacy in an evolving digital age

In simple terms, laws addressing electronic privacy are moving at a speed far slower than the Pony Express while businesses and law enforcement agencies grapple with who should have access to people’s data, according to experts on the South By Southwest panel “When Should My Data Become the Government’s Data?”

Panelists clearly laid out the conundrums that they said have weighed down action on legislation that would advance electronic privacy concerns.

U.S. Rep. Kevin Yoder (R-Kansas) said that the Electronic Communications Privacy Act, established in 1986, made several assumptions about how individuals use email which don’t hold up today. Continue Reading

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Dallas volunteer attorneys host free small business clinic

The Dallas Volunteer Attorney Program (DVAP) will hold a free small business legal clinic this month for Dallas County residents who meet certain financial guidelines.

The clinic, which will be held at 5 p.m. March 16 at Grace United Methodist Church, 4105 Junius St. in Dallas, will assist residents with legal counsel on starting and organizing a new business; drafting contracts and leases; legal advice regarding business permits, licenses and regulations; and referrals to lenders and other assistance programs.

If residents need assistance before or after the small business clinic, they can attend one of the Dallas Volunteer Attorney Program’s other legal clinics. DVAP is a joint initiative of the Dallas Bar Association and Legal Aid of NorthWest Texas. For a list of other clinics click here.

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New helpline educates on CPS issues

Waiting for messageThe Texas Legal Services Center launched in January the Family Helpline for Strong Families and Safe Children, a resource for people with legal questions about Texas Child Protective Services.

Through the new statewide project, lawyers with CPS experience take anonymous calls and offer legal information and education in areas including the investigation process, kinship care, what to expect in court, family based services, and whether an attorney is needed.

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DBA seeks Dallas juniors for paid summer internships


Talented, energetic, and hardworking. For juniors in the Dallas Independent School District, those qualifications could land them paid internships at law firms, nonprofits, and corporate legal departments this summer for four or eight weeks.

The Dallas Bar Association, in partnership with the DISD, will place current juniors with an academic average of 85 or above, no more than 10 absences, and who are interested in studying law in its Summer Law Intern Program.

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Talk of privacy, surveillance at SXSW panel

The first of several panels about technology surveillance at South By Southwest this year kicked off Friday with a piece of the U.S. Constitution.

Moderator Scott Shackford, an associate editor at, opened “Get a Warrant: The 4th Amendment and Digital Data,” by reciting the Fourth Amendment: “The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.”

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SXSW panel explores law on Mars

With Elon Musk’s SpaceX unveiling plans for manned missions to Mars and NASA’s Mars Exploration Program, the concept interplanetary inhabitation isn’t as far-fetched as it once was.

“A new physical frontier is also a new legal frontier,” said Berin Szoka, an attorney and president of policy think tank TechFreedom and panelist for the session Making Law on Mars at South By Southwest on Friday.

Szoka and fellow panelist Peter Suderman, features editor at Reason magazine, discussed the current law governing space exploration and possible issues that may arise as more private companies, governments, and human activity venture into space.

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Discounts for vacation planning

If you’re planning a family trip, going on a cruise with friends, travelling to an out-of-town wedding, or just heading out on the open road, visit Beneplace for travel discounts. You’ll find deals on hotel accommodations, rental cars, cruise and vacation packages, luggage, theme park tickets, and much more. You could save hundreds on your vacation if you check out Beneplace as you’re planning.
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Registration is open for HBA John J. Eikenburg Law Week Fun Run

Courtesy of the Houston Bar Association

Courtesy of the Houston Bar Association

The Houston Bar Association is back with the HBA John J. Eikenburg Law Week Fun Run.

Adults, children, and families will race on Saturday, March 11, in downtown Houston on a nearly five-mile track to raise money for the Center.

Since 1950, the Center, a United Way nonprofit, has worked with people with developmental disabilities, providing them with education, job training, socialization, and health care. Today, its services help more than 450 people, according to the website.

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